Root Canal Treatment, Not As Bad as You Think

For patients who suffer from invasive dental decay or disease, a root canal may be your only treatment option other than tooth extraction. While root canal therapy has developed a negative connotation in recent years, root canal therapy is no more painful than treatment with a filling or other dental restoration.

root canalRoot canal treatment allows your dentist to treat your tooth infection without having to remove your tooth completely. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp. If left without treatment, a “pus-pocket” called an abscess may form.  An abscess may cause the pulp tissue to die. Pain and swelling can result when the infected pulp is not removed. Without treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.

As decay or bacteria infects the inner most chambers of your teeth – this can cause sudden and terrible pain. Root canal therapy will numb your entire mouth and clean the root canals from infection. The procedure itself is relatively comfortable and will relieve the pain caused by your tooth infection.

Root canals are often finished with a large filling or the placement of a crown, for larger restorations. Dr. Peck can often offer a crown in the same visit using the same day crown system from CEREC.

Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

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